12-22-2008, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Kim
Well, swim bladder disorder can be caused by bloating/constipation because both these conditions put pressure on the swim bladder which leads to the symptoms that you see. If what you are doing seems to work, then I would continue doing it. There was a post in the freshwater pictures section where a goldfish was eating some brocoli. Your fish may like this as well.
I think your new maintenance schedule sounds much better. I would do a 20% change personally. Your nitrate test levels will really tell you how much you should be changing and how often to keep nitrates as low as possible. Even though your tank is cycled, nitrates can still build up and cause problems for your fish, so finding a good schedule by testing nitrate levels will be the best for your fish.
And yeah, pet store people for the most part know nothing about fish. You wouldn't belive how much bad advice I've gotten or heard of from those places. I don't even bother asking them ANYTHING anymore. Just do your own research, walk in, get your stuff, and walk out :)
I am changing the water every 11 days, 20% change. Today I just did a fish test strip because she is hanging around the bottom. Usually did this just in the morning (I think she was sleeping?), but today she is doing it all day. She only swims and moves when I get near the tank because I am 'meal time'. I fed her some peas today. I am still soaking her food before giving it to her - but some days - even after soaking it - she gets floaty and was on her side a few seconds!
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = Faint 20 ppm
Hardness = 150 hard
Chlorine = 0
Alkalinity = 80-120
pH = 7.8 Should nitrate always be zero or does it go up and down a little naturally?
Hardness - I do have some white mineral deposits on some equipment, but cleaned it (with water) before putting her in the tank. The test strip paper says 'hardness affects fish ability to maintain correct balance between internal body fluids & external environment' Should I be worried?
If she's hanging around the bottom of the tank, does that means it's the beginning of the end or ...? I am doing a water change today.